All is Lost – DVD review

JC Chandor, 2013


Disaster strikes Robert Redford’s solo yachtsman in the middle of the ocean. He has no power, dwindling rations and little chance of rescue. That’s about it; there’s one voiceover, one SOS call – but no dialogue, no histrionics. There’s no need: an unrelenting descent into death speaks for itself, interspersed with haunting underwater photography that emphasises the indifference of nature. Up-close with a stoic and understated Redford, there is no let-up in this terrifying exploration of the survival instinct.

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